Inside The Wedding Of May Martin And Marc Plaggenburg

BY Nina Catt / Nov 28 2019 / 09:31 AM

The magnificent Chateau de Lartigolle presented itself as the perfect spot for this boho bride

Inside The Wedding Of May Martin And Marc Plaggenburg
Inside The Wedding Of May Martin And Marc Plaggenburg
May putting the final touches to her bridal look
Inside The Wedding Of May Martin And Marc Plaggenburg
A closer look at May’s stunning gown
Inside The Wedding Of May Martin And Marc Plaggenburg
May’s Sam Edelman sandals were perfect for dancing the night away in
Inside The Wedding Of May Martin And Marc Plaggenburg
Guests shared photobooth pictures and personalised notes for the bride and groom
Inside The Wedding Of May Martin And Marc Plaggenburg
A striking floral installation
Inside The Wedding Of May Martin And Marc Plaggenburg
The couple’s personalised croquembouche
Inside The Wedding Of May Martin And Marc Plaggenburg
The newlyweds beaming with joy

Your wedding day is for you to enjoy and you should have someone else, ideally a wedding planner, take care of ensuring the day runs smoothly,” British-born May Martin shares as her most important piece of advice for future brides.

After meeting through friends whilst at school in Dubai, May and her French-Dutch husband, Marc Plaggenburg, spent many years building the foundations of what was to become their very own love story. A story that saw the couple go on to date for almost ten years.

Newlyweds May and Marc

“In April 2018 Marc and I decided that we wanted to get married so that was the official moment in which we started to plan our wedding,” the Ginger + Poppy bridal boutique owner tells BAZAAR Bride. “A few months later, the morning after our 10-year dating anniversary which is also Marc’s birthday, he woke me up with breakfast and a ring box on a tray. I didn’t notice the box until he picked it up, opened it and began his proposal. I couldn’t help but start crying. I can’t even remember what he said except that the last words were, ‘will you be my wife?’ It was as if we never even discussed getting married and it felt completely official (even though we’d booked the venue already). It was so simple but romantic — and was absolutely perfect for me”.

The romantic cave setting of the wedding breakfast

With just under a year to plan their spring wedding, the couple enlisted the help of the venue’s in-house planner and stylist to manage every tiny detail. “She communicated with all of the local vendors on our behalf. It was so easy to liaise with just one person — it made the process much simpler.” May explains.

For the 28-year-old boutique owner and her 29-year-old project manager beau, a destination wedding was always on the cards.“Marc is from the South of France and we’ve always wanted to get married there. It’s such a stunning place and has such natural beauty — it made sense for us.” 

On May 11, 2019 the couple tied the knot in front of 62 of their closest friends and family at Chateau de Lartigolle, a beautifully renovated 18th century estate set in the picturesque Gascon landscape of south west France.

The chateau’s cave served as a romantic location for the happy couple to say ‘I do’

The wedding ceremony took place in the chateau’s cave and all eyes were on May in her Bo & Luca gown as she was accompanied down the aisle by her mother. The tone was set with an acoustic guitar version of Ben Howard’s Old Pine, performed by May’s brother.

“Our celebrant conducted the ceremony in both English and French for Marc’s family so that everyone felt included and my three bridesmaids recited an extract of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Love is a Temporary Madness. We knew they were going to share a reading but we asked them to surprise us with which one. It was so moving and undeniably perfect.” 

May with her three bridesmaids and close friends

The culinary offerings were also perfectly on point. Sharing-style local dishes included duck salad with roasted garlic, orange and toasted pecans to start, baked leek and asparagus parmesan gratin or roasted sirloin steak for the main course, and towers of Eton Mess to finish. Guests danced the night away to British classics provided by local band, Stereo Ties. Music was pivotal in providing the right atmosphere and lasting memories. The most magical moment for May was the first dance to Alone by Jessie Ware. “We wanted something meaningful and a song we both loved.”

May and Marc shared their first dance to Jessie Ware’s, Alone

The newlywed’s honeymoon was an extension of their romantic day, with a coastal escape to the French resort towns of San Sebastian and Biarritz.

A classic French Citroen 2CV served as the wedding car


DRESS: Rosa by Bo & Luca,

SHOES: Sam Edelman at Level Shoes,


WEDDING RING: Fergus James Diamonds,

GROOM’S SUIT: Suited & Booted Dubai,



VENUE & CATERER: Chateau de Lartigolle, Pessan, France,

FLORIST: Atelier D’Art Floral Munier,

BAND: Stereo Ties,

INVITATIONS: Love x Design,

PHOTOGRAPHER: Darek Smietana,


MAKE-UP: Mel Kinsman,

From Harper's Bazaar Bride Autumn/Winter Issue 2019

All Images: Darek Smietana